Deputy Sec’y Bill Burns Inaugurates U.S. Consulate Herat

Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns officially inaugurated the first United States consulate in Afghanistan during a ceremony in Herat on June 13.

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The slideshow is also accessible here via Flickr.

According to the official presser, the ceremony was attended by Herat Governor Saba, Farah Governor Khpalwak, and Badghis Deputy Governor Sabiri—representing three of the four provinces comprising the Herat consular district.

The consulate facility opened on March 12, 2012 after almost two years of restorations.  The ceremony recognized Afghan contributions to the renovated building.  An average of 70 skilled Afghan craftsmen and carpenters worked on the project each day and substantial local products were used.  Original artworks by Herat University students and faculty and photos of Herat by David Hume Kennerly are on display in the Consulate foyer.

Remarks by Deputy Secretary Burns at the inauguration is here.

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